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Following Hurricane Gustav on YouTube

By Olivia Ma

YouTube News & Politics

The country watched as Hurricane Gustav swept through the Caribbean and into the Gulf this weekend, making landfall in Louisiana on Monday. Memories of Hurricane Katrina, the powerful storm that devastated New Orleans exactly three years ago, remain fresh in the minds of area residents. To ensure that no one relived that experience, Louisiana leaders ordered a mandatory evacuation on Saturday that has pushed more than two million people to leave their homes and seek safer lodgings.

Those living in areas affected by Gustav have been uploading videos documenting the storm from their vantage points -- whether it be from inside their homes, braving the elements in their backyards, or even surveying empty streets while riding on a bike.

Check out this playlist of Hurricane Gustav videos:

Though thankfully Gustav's impact turned out to be less destructive than initially feared, many members of the YouTube community stood by with prayersa> and messages of support, including attendees of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.